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Octavius V. Catto

As Black History Month comes to a close, Jim wanted to highlight a man who was often forgotten in our history books. A teacher, a Philly baseball player, and a civil rights activist, Octavius V. Catto spent his short life working to integrate Philadelphia and fought for voting rights for African Americans. Jim has spent almost a decade working to build a statue of Catto on City Hall property — one that will pay tribute to all of Catto's accomplishments for the city of Philadelphia.

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"The kind of heart and values we need"

As an activist, community college professor, and the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women from 2001 to 2009, I've had the privilege of working with many of Philadelphia's leaders. And I've seen Jim's unique ability to build the broad based coalition necessary to govern our city. That's why I'm working to make sure he's our next mayor.

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Our Retirees Deserve a Cost of Living Increase

As a councilman, Jim Kenney stood up for retired police, firefighters and other city workers, and demanded that they get more regular cost of living increases. Even with the passage of Kenney's bill, those retirees will get their first cost of living increase in seven years in 2015. Mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham said the legislation was an example of Jim's "fiscal irresponsibility." Here's what one firefighter's family had to say about that:

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Meet Jim

A lifelong city resident, Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four in a South Philadelphia rowhouse neighborhood. His father, a firefighter, and his mother, a homemaker, worked second jobs at The Inquirer and The Spectrum to put Jim and his four siblings through parochial school. In high school, Jim delivered the paper in the morning and washed dishes after school as a member of Local 274, earning his first union card at 17. After graduating from St. Joe's Prep, Jim worked his way through La Salle University and became the first in his family to graduate from college.

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Issues

This campaign is laser-focused on the issues that will have a real impact on everyone in Philadelphia. That's why--together with community groups, nonprofits, and all the stakeholders in our city--we're offering concrete proposals to move all of Philadelphia's neighborhoods forward together. See where Jim stands on education, public safety, the fight for equality, transportation, and more.

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Honored to receive the endorsement of @IAFF22. Thank you to all those who put their lives on the line to keep Philly safe!

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We’ve got a lot of ground to cover by election day. I need your help! Come on Philly! https://kenney2015.com/vol #Kenney4Philly